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CHAPTER TWO: Out cold

Williams, Paul Karnac Books ePub

Eternities earlier than grammar school drowned by the ritual of primary school wandering grey streets respite in The Woods the lug of tired frame through rusted gates slumped under words rotas that buried him. The Woods seemed to change even before animal killers chased him out for good their acceptance indifference on long wet days when he hurt himself went numb with cold wet prickling bitingly icy stinging itching spoiling what would happen if things got worse.

Primary school should have been better than the grey box wasn’t. Stuck from the start why people were there they him filed into a classroom why do they do this walking into a room together?

Words

“Where d’ya get that pencil?”
“Wanna come to my house afta?”
“Have y’seen my satchel?”
“We’ve gorra a new cat.”

Why these words? How did they know when to talk stop talking know what to say next? Silence desk lids open— how? All this all day every day no hope of work exhausted by noon fending off a thousand orienting disorienting events once twice caught sight of why they were there a shaft of dust sunlight painted a stripe across the room everyone settled at desks ready to begin he a part of them convulsed ribs knifed passed out stone still awake out cold stabbed dying flesh pounded dust dust to dust crushing machinery oblivious to the fact the job long since complete donkey work rampant parasite contraption evaded by dissolving melting if this fails become an alien. Might the crusher pause malfunction detect a misshapen boulder? Never. Flesh blood nerve endings no longer exposed anxiety pain renewed convulsions all efforts futile uncaring risks to avoid crusher force useless. Ebbed away to the extent that he no longer had a foothold on the planet not distress a catastrophe as these far reaches lie within moments of extinction numb blind to the emergency all emergencies long since taken care of coma gave way to naked terror body dismembered floating shrivelled parts feet first legs then arms torso finally face head what was left of his mind thrashing snatching chasing after extremities in the time left before the rest disappears lost for good. Anyone shot into the void at these speeds enough to rip limb from limb who lives to tell the tale spends life in mortal panic unaware that the only thing of importance is to remain unaware of the irruption that killed them.

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Appendix II: Glen Just's New Self-Observation Experiments

Hobson, J. Allan Karnac Books ePub

Dr. Just's terrifying dreams, his hallucinated ghost, and his mystical states are seen by him and by me as neurodynamically linked and altered expressions of consciousness control systems of his brain, the further understanding of which could lead to a long-sought unity of brain and mind, a unity that Freud sought, but could not achieve, in 1895. The emerging model is, thus, important not only to psychology and psychiatry, but, as Dr. Just emphasizes, to a genuinely human philosophy as well. I now present accounts by Dr. Just of self-observation experiments that he conducted after our meeting in Boston. He wrote the following account on September 27, 2012.

Hypnopomic and Hypnagogic Image Construction

I was up at 4:30 a.m. this morning editing an article I'm writing with Allan Hobson. I went back to bed a little after 8:00 a.m. Pre- and -post sleep imagery was stronger than usual. I've been playing with this phenomenon during and since my visit with Allan Hobson in Boston in late July. While being aware that I was in a dual state, but still dreaming I was viewing a large beautiful dahlia. When I focused on the dahlia, it immediately morphed into a dahlia patch of perhaps two dozen flowers.

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1009-1914: Shirting Decisions

Muriel Gardiner Karnac Books ePub

Nw, having escaped from Dr. N.’s sanatorium and returned to Frankfurt with Dr. H., I left it to him to decide what should happen next. As there was no question of my going back to Professor Kraepelin, Dr. H. recommended that I consult Professor Ziehen in Berlin. So we remained only a few days in Frankfurt and then went to Berlin where, together with Dr. H., I visited Professor Ziehen. Professor Ziehen, like Professor Kraepelin, was of the opinion that the best thing for me would be a long period in a sanatorium for nervous disorders.

Following Professor Ziehen’s advice, we took up our winter quarters in the year 1908 in Schlachtensee, which one could reach from Berlin in half an hour by train. The medical director of the Sanatorium Schlachtensee was Dr. K., who made the impression of being a reasonable and rather balanced person. The patients of this sanatorium enjoyed more freedom than those of Dr. N.’s. When the prescribed daily treatment was completed, they could do whatever they wished the rest of the day. Naturally I lived in the institution, and my mother, my aunt, and P. were settled in a pension in a neighboring villa, I found this very pleasant, as I could make excursions and trips to Berlin with P., and I was also in regular contact with my mother.

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Chapter Eleven - Women and Activism: A Long History, a Complex Problem

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Adrienne Harris

Introduction

For the past few years, I have been working on the problem of human trafficking under the auspices of an International Psychoanalytical Association Committee that is constituted as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to the United Nations. This work proved to be a bridge to my past work in feminist activism, in anti-war work and in other projects on the health and status of women. This essay has several agendas. First, I look at the continuities and discontinuities of work in support of vulnerable and politically and socially challenged women. Second, I look at the conflicts among women and between men and women that make work on human trafficking, in particular, very difficult and very challenging.

Finally, I look at some emerging trends in the politics and activism around human and child trafficking, changes that make trafficking both more visible and identifiable and, thus, potentially more open for political action.

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Chapter Nine - Prime Numbers Theorem and the Zeta Function in Psychoanalysis

Moncayo, Raul; Romanowicz, Magdalena Karnac Books ePub

And this Real I am talking about is absolutely unapproachable, except along a mathematical path.

—Lacan, 1971–1972, p. 10

In Seminar XIV Lacan (1966–1967) said, “What is at stake is nothing other that the economy of the unconscious, or indeed what is commonly called primary process” (lesson of Wednesday, April 26th, 1967, p. I 96). It is an interesting idea that the economy of the unconscious is a primary process. A little bit earlier in the same seminar we hear, “Jouissance-value, I said, is at the source of the economy of the unconscious” (p. I 90). So we have two things jouissance and primary process, also from the previous chapter we know that the unconscious is structured and is logical. The primary process is an inconvenient form of jouissance (jouissance of the Other) characterised by the tendency for hallucinatory wish fulfilment as Freud defined it. According to Freud, unconscious thinking follows the primary process. Collete Soler (2006) dwells a lot on Lacan's statement that “thought is jouissance”, hence associated with the primary process. However, there are different forms of thinking and different forms of jouissance and of course the logical structure of the unconscious cannot be a primary process since the logical models that Lacan uses are all associated with binary thinking and the secondary process.

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